Smith's Criminal Case Compendium

Smith's Criminal Case Compendium

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This compendium includes significant criminal cases by the U.S. Supreme Court & N.C. appellate courts, Nov. 2008 – Present. Selected 4th Circuit cases also are included.

Jessica Smith prepared case summaries Nov. 2008-June 4, 2019; later summaries are prepared by other School staff.

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E.g., 10/21/2021
E.g., 10/21/2021

The trial court did not abuse its discretion by concluding that an audio recording of a booking-area phone call was properly authenticated under Rule 901 as having been made by the defendant. The State’s authentication evidence showed: (1) the call was made to the same phone number as later calls made using the defendant’s jail positive identification number; (2) the voice of the caller was similar to later calls placed from the jail using the defendant’s jail positive identification number; (3) a witness familiar with the defendant’s voice identified the defendant as the caller; (4) the caller identified himself as “Little Renny” and the defendant’s name is Renny Mobley; and (5) the caller discussed circumstances similar to those involved with the defendant’s arrest. 

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